Post # 1
I wasn’t sure where to post this but this seemed like the best option. Anyway, I just got engaged last weekend and we are having a long engagement in order to save up money. We are looking at getting married in 2016. Hopefully early April 2016. We’re gonna try to book the date soon.
I know there’s not a whole lot I can do right now until it gets closer to time but I was wondering, is there anything I should be doing right now when it comes to planning and/or booking?
Post # 2
Congrats! There’s not a whole lot to be done more than a year out, but you definitely want to book your priority vendors that could book up well in advance – mostly your venue and photographer. Most other things can wait until a year or less out. In the meantime, you can start to gather ideas about things you want for your wedding so you know what you want.
Post # 3
Lots and lots of research! Start thinking about what you want and what you need in your wedding. Look at magazines and blogs. Get color ideas, venue ideas, decide on a budget. You can do all of these things with almost no cost (except magazines).
Post # 4
Research! But mostly just enjoy being engaged-the real benefit of a long engagement is that there’s no rush
Post # 5
Around 17 months out I had made a guest list (important before booking the venue), booked the venue, church, and photographers. After that I didn’t do anything for a little while!
Post # 6
I wouldn’t so anything for as long as you can! lol! I got engaged a year ago in march and we aren’t getting married until next year and I’m already so freaking burned out on wedding stuff that I wish we were just getting married this year so I can stop concerning myself with it. While it was super fun in the beginning, I’m kind of over it right now. lol. Maybe narrow down where you’d like to have it and who you’d like to invite.
Post # 7
Gather ideas and maybe get an idea of budget and guestlist. Otherwise just enjoy being engaged!
Post # 8
All you should do right now is enjoy not having anything to do right now! Maybe daydream about your wedding or flip through magazines, but really I’d just enjoy not having to actively be planning a wedding yet.
Post # 9
Set yourself a budget! The best thing to do would be to figure out what the average cost for things in your area are and work from there. Also, figure out your non-negotiable items, which will help you set a budget.
Post # 10
We are getting married in 2016, but its a destination wedding so we wanted to give our potential guests plenty of time to save. We did a site inspection, locked in our contracts, sent out our stds and linked our website so people can put down their deposits for their packages. This was done at 18 months.
Post # 11
Girl , I say do nothing and just enjoy the “stress free time” becasuse it doesn’t last long lol
Post # 12
First, I would take at least a month just to enjoy being engaged. It is special, and I’m SO glad I did that before jumping ahead to wedding planning mode. Then, I’d pick the date, and book venues. Venues really do book up fast (in my area everyone has more than a year engagement because all the venues book up well over a year in advance during the popular wedding months). We booked our July 2014 wedding in February 2013, and while we did get our first choice date and venue, our venue already had many dates booked well into 2015. I did the photographer that far out as well, as each wedding photographer can only do 1 wedding a day (whereas a florists could do multiple weddings a weekend). After that, relax and enjoy being engagaed. Everything else really could be done at 6 months prior- might want to look at dresses a bit at about 10-12 months beforehand, but that is the fun part
Post # 13
Enjoy being engaged for a little bit before you do anything! 🙂
Then set a guest list and a solid budget. The budget does dictate the guest list, but the guest list also dictates the budget. So I say do some research about what you’re planning and things you want for the wedding so you get a rough idea. It doesn’t hurt to reach out to potential vendors, even though their prices will likely increase between now and April 2016.
When you do the guest list, have you write our your list and your FI write his. Then compare the two. Make sure you didn’t miss anyone. Then if you want, ask your parents and his if there is anyone else that should be included. If not, cool, but most families tend to start adding on…lol.
Post # 14
Thanks everyone!! Your replies have been very helpful. 🙂 All I’ve done so far is work on the guest list because I want to know how much money we should save up for when it comes to food and drinks. And also so we can set a budget, of course.
We are going to check out a venue this week and try to book it if we can. Then after we set a wedding date, I might try to reach out to some photographers and talk to them.
After we get these three tasks done, I’m just gonna take a step back from planning and just focus on saving money. Then when it’s a year out from the wedding, dive right back into the wedding planning. 🙂
Post # 15
- Wedding: February 2016 - hotel
Enjoy the engagement!! We were engaged a few months b4 we decided on a date! Mine is Feb 2016 and I have the venue booked, photographer, florist, cake, band booked, wedding party asked..I like to be really organised!! I think the more u book in advance the more u can relax and enjoy it xxx